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Bucs add ex-Falcons WR to practice squad, cut two

Published Oct. 1, 2014

The Bucs made a few adjustments to their practice squad Tuesday, waiving TE Ian Thompson and LB Carlos Fields, then adding former Georgia Tech and Falcons receiver Kevin Cone.

Cone, 26, played extensively on special teams with the Falcons last season, finishing with seven tackles and averaging 18 snaps per game. He saw limited action on offense despite multiple injuries to the Falcons receivers, totaling 30 offensive snaps with one catch for 12 yards. Cone spent the preseason with the Dolphins -- he caught two passes for 30 yards against the Bucs -- but was among Miami's final cuts, later spending one week on the Cardinals' practice squad. He made his NFL debut with Atlanta in the final game of 2011 against the Bucs, playing in 12 games in 2012.

Cone's career is a lesson in persistence -- he started his college career at tiny Shorter College in Rome, Ga., playing one season with 12 catches for 83 yards. He transferred to Georgia Tech as a walk-on and started nine games at receiver in their run-focused offense, finishing his Yellow Jackets career with five catches for 89 yards, with a 22-yard touchdown catch in a loss to Miami in 2010.

Thompson and Fields were both at positions where the Bucs had multiple players on the practice squad -- the Bucs kept Cameron Brate at tight end and Shayne Skov at linebacker after adding Thompson and Skov last week. The Bucs have one remaining opening on the 10-player practice squad; the team didn't announce Tuesday's moves, which were logged on the league's daily transactions page.